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The Shenevertakesherwatchoff Poem Analysis



Author: poem of Richard Brautigan Type: poem Views: 12

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For Marcia




Because you always have a clock

strapped to your body, it's natural

that I should think of you as the

correct time:

with your long blonde hair at 8:03,

and your pulse-lightning breasts at

11:17, and your rose-meow smile at 5:30,

I know I'm right.

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I\'ve always liked this one. In his organization of Marcia by the time on her watch, the poem demonstrates a recurrent theme for Brautigan--our need to assign meaning and try to find order in life. But what really works for me in this piece is a simple word pairing, another of his favorite techniques, resulting in a tightly bound, slightly suprising metaphor: \"rose-meow.\" Both the rose and a cat are beautiful and often associated with feminity and fecundity. Both have sharp pointy aspects that can inflect a painful bite if mishandled. Apparently, these are qualities shared by Marcia. It also reminds me of some lines of the Persian Sufi poet, Jalaluddin Rumi”
Rosebuds
Surrounded by thorns
Mother cat carrying babies in mouth.
Peace,
Cary

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